I put a little more color on Frank’s Pig Demon today after having left our fiend to its own devices since early October. This time I focused on the loincloth.
My plan is to finish this miniature (and finally give it back to Frank) before the end of January for the community painting challenge I announced a few days ago.
I used Duncan Rhodes’ “White Aelf Robes” tutorial for the loincloth, which is:
Base with Celestra Grey
Shade creases with mix of Drakenhof Nightshade and Lahmian Medium.
Layer with Ulthuan Grey
Highlight with White Scar
I like how the loincloth turned out, though I could have used a bit more more medium and less blue shade (I used about a 50/50 mix of each) to achieve a lighter, more subtle effect. I’ll probably try something along these lines with the cloak where I shade the deeper recesses like I did the loincloth but mix in more medium for the shallow bits, especially on top of the cloak where it might be lighter.
I am going to play around with this recipe and experiment with some other miniatures in the future. I think some blueish white cloth might look pretty good on my Changeling. I suspect at this point the daemon would welcome some cloth in pretty much any color given that it has been sitting neglected (beyond a cursory spray with white primer) since April 2018 when I did a personal assembly challenge. It might also be interesting to do a wraith’s robes in this color or perhaps a daemonette’s hair. Heck, I could even see doing a unit of plaguebearer using this color for their flesh. Lots of possibilities.
So finishing the cloak is next up for Frank’s Pig Demon. After that I’ll tackle the trident and then after that all I’ll have to do is make a few minor tweaks, base it and I’ll be done.
It has been awhile since I’ve done a painting challenge and thought it might be fun to do a challenge where you share a picture of the first miniature you completely finish for 2021. We aren’t interested in completing squads, mobs or other collections this time. The focus is to start 2021 off right by showcasing everyone’s first miniature fruits of the year.
Rules of the Challenge
The model can be a work in progress but must be completed sometime in January 2021.
Your model must be based unless you aren’t planning on basing it later.
A tank, cavalry, chariot, dinosaur or some other miniature with rider(s) counts as one miniature for this challenge.
A stand with multiple miniatures counts as one miniature so long as all of the models are affixed to the same base. This excludes dioramas, but you can certainly post a miniature for a diorama so long as it is the first miniature you complete in 2021.
You can enter miniatures you are working on for other painting challenges.
The challenge closes on January 31, 2021 at midnight (your local time). If you can’t get your picture posted by that date, it is fine. Just post it as soon as you can. The best way to let me know you’ve put up a picture is to either link your post back to this one or leave a comment here.
Questions and/or ideas? Let me know in the comments.
Some ideas from past challenges include a mighty dragon, painted by David from Scent of a Gamer …
or perhaps an Imperial Knight if you are feeling particularly ambitious like the one painted by Thomas of Dragon’s Den Games?
If you aren’t in the mood or have time for a knight or giant, green dragon perhaps something a bit smaller, but still great, like the miniatures from challenges past in this little slide show. Remember any single miniature is fair game, even a status marker and the like if you so choose.
As for me, I’m hoping to finally finish my eternal work in progress, Frank’s Pig Demon. I got pretty far along before I stalled once again. There are a bunch of minor things I need to do, but finishing the demon’s clothing is the last major piece left. I’ll probably keep the basing fairly simple in line with what Frank told me he wanted.
May through June saw the Miniatures of Magnitude painting challenge where the idea is to paint something that is on the larger side. The model didn’t need to be large, but it had to represent something large. As I wrote back in early May, “Aircraft, daemon engines, tanks, giants, trains, cavewomen riding mammoths, ships, and beasts that are great, writhing masses of tentacles, eyes, and maws that tumbled down from the stars or crawled up out of the sewer all will find a home in this challenge.”
As usual, if I missed anyone, please let me know and I’ll make sure you make it into the (amended) round-up.
First up is Wudugast’s of Convert or DieWarcry bell tower, complete with gibbets and “fiddly” skeletons. I’m glad he included the skeletons because I think they add an osseous touch of class to the piece.
Wudugast also painted this very nice Chaos Space Marine Obliterator. Our heretic astartes is bristling with weapons of all kinds, as you would expect. He’s got some sort of assault cannon, a heavy flamer, a hefty power fist complete with little claws … heck, let’s face it, the only thing he’s missing are pants!
Next up is Tom’s Imperial Knight Castellan. I know Tom because he used to work at the local game store I often frequent. Some time ago, Tom made the trek north from Santa Cruz to Stockton, California where he opened his own store, Dragon’s Den Games.
Tom’s knight is the largest model he has painted to date. He says that it has “technically more surface area than a Bloodthirster” and the latter being “mostly skin and wing so they go a heck of a lot faster, especially with Contrasts!”. I’m glad Tom persevered because I think his knight came out looking good and will surely strike terror into the hearts of his many nefarious foes.
Look to the skies! David, of Scent of a Gamer, painted a huge dragon who is just waiting to blot out the sun as it soars through a fantasy sky on xanthous wings. David tells us that this miniature is “from the Dragons Don’t Share boxed set that was originally released as part of the Bones II Kickstarter.”
David used a “dark green/black mix” for the body and contrast paints for the wings. He was going for an “eye of Mordor” feel with the dragon’s eyes and I think he succeeded because the eye reminded me of that when I was looking at the pictures in his post before reading the text. I really like that baleful eye!
Size comparison with smaller models.
Continuing with our “Look to the Skies” theme, watch out for flying battleships! John of Just Needs Varnish!painted a couple of 1/1200 scale aeronefs, which are “ships that fly using some form of gravity-resisting technology to stay airborne.” The miniatures are produced by Brigade Models.*
Below is a Japanese Shinano class dreadnought. Nicely done and cute spotter plane too!
John’s Shinano class Flying Dreadnought.
Check out John’s post if you want to see some pictures of the models before they were painted as well as his thoughts about building and modifying these models. He also shows off some of his older aeronefs in his post as well. John also painted a Russian Poltava class dreadnought, pictured below.
Maybe we’ll see more aeronefs from John in the future. He writes that he has “some lighter aeronefs to finish for these two fleets” and he also has the better part of a Chinese fleet done, and a French fleet to paint. Let the 19th Century steampunk skies be filled with flying warships!
All of these aerial pictures makes me wonder: can aeronefs drop bombs on each other and the general landscape as well?
It pleases me to continue with the fortresses that can fly and things with wings, so next up is a nicely painted succubus by Dave Stone of Wargames Terrain Workshop. I like those wings by the way with the veins and such.
Dave reports that his demon miniature is about 70mm or 2.75 inches in height, which puts it into the ogre-sized category. Demons come in all shapes and sizes, especially given many of them are shape shifters.
Next up is the prolific Azazel of Azazel’s Bitz Box. He finished quite a passel of miniatures for the challenge. Where to start? How about something with wings such as his Ashardalon the Red Dragon, which he painted with Contrast paints, from the Wrath of Ashardalon board game.
Makes me think my friends and I should paint the miniatures from the D&D board games we play, though we probably won’t.
We’ll end the current aerial theme (but not Azazel’s contributions to our challenge — there is much more to come!) with his crashed Aquila lander from the Warhammer 40K 4th edition starter set. I’ve seen a lot of these in games over the years and this one is very nicely done.
Azazel writes in his blog that I “was not quite so enthusiastic” about the idea of the Eagle lander being a miniature of magnitude when we talked about it a couple of months ago. I have mostly forgotten the conversation but apparently I was willing to be mollified so long as “there was some kind of giant monster smashing through it.”
Yes, that sounds like me all right. I’m not sure why I was previously unenthusiastic since the lander fits the challenge as much as, say, a Rhino APC would. Probably part of a now forgotten master plan to get Azazel to showcase some of his monsters, which I favor. It worked because he included a “Kaiju shot with not one, but TWO giant monsters …” as you see in the picture above. We even get smaller bonus monsters too and kind of a Nurgle meets Tyranids meets Lovecraft thing. It is great when a plan comes together!
Going back to the Wrath of Ashardalon board game for a moment, I quite like Azazel’s Rage Drake. I think this one would be a whole lot more intimidating when it is plunked down on the board than the unpainted ones I’ve seen when I’ve played the game myself with friends. I particularly like the light stripes on the neck.
He’s also painted an Otyugh, also from Wrath of Ashardalon, which jumped (or perhaps burrowed is way past) the queue “because ‘need it for the game.'” I have a soft spot for this monster because of a rather strange dungeon I ran back in the early ’80’s, which heavily featured these creatures. I won’t say any more about it here because I don’t want to digress.**
These four (air, water, earth, and fire) elementals are from the Temple of Elemental EvilD&D boardgame. Yep, they are bigger than a standard ogre!
We’ll cast Plane Shift and leave the world of Dungeons & Dragons for Zombicide, where Azazel’s Abominations can be found. They are certainly both colorful and corrupt, which is just how we like our zombies.
He also painted an Orc Abomination too. This one comes from “Black Plague’s standalone expansion, Green Horde.”
Azazel has been doing a lot of experiments with Contrast Paint lately and has been mostly “emphasizing how things have gone well.” These Trun Hunters from the Shadows of Brimstone board game, are according to Azazel, are “an example of when Contrast Paints combine with bad models to create … something not good.”
I won’t comment except to say while they probably won’t win the 2021 Golden Demon, they are certainly table top quality and fine for board games, where (at least with my crowd) the figures are usually unpainted. So this green-skinned trio has us beat, board game-wise at least.
We’ll end Azazel’s challenge contribution on a sort of virenslithic happy note with the mighty Mossbeard the Treeman. We’ve saved the largest for last here: Azazel reports that this is “the largest model I’ve painted to date.” I like all of the grass, moss and such; it really adds a lot to the model. Many of the people, who commented on his post, think so too and they aren’t wrong! Here is a little slideshow of this most magnitudinous of ents.
Next up is Steve of Dreadaxe Games and his Word Bearers Rhino. Our friendly Chaos Lord’s goal with this new addition to his painted forced was to “keep it in line with everything that I liked about the Chaos Vehicles: the spiked top sections, the grumpy gunner, the variety of gruesome trophies, etc.” As you can see Steve’s APC has lots of suitable, heretical bling. I wonder if that doom caster he’s got will still make it harder for people to shoot overwatch in the coming 9th edition 40K rules? I hope so!
Mcmattila of mcmattilaminis painted Mollog, of Mollog’s Mob from Warhammer Underworlds. Colorful and as usual, his painting is very good. I think that his miniature pictures could be used as art on some of the miniature boxes or in the army books. They are that polished. I particularly like the big, squishy toad and the dorsal mushrooms are none too shabby either.
Argentbadger, of The Bovine Overlord, completed a Chaos Knight War Dog in “deep red in honour of the Blood God.” With the giant melta arm and another melta on its back, as well as a nasty-looking chainsword arm, I don’t think I’d want to be sitting in a tank watching this thing as it scuttles my way. I thought it was a nice touch that Argentbadger used the head from a Juggernaut of Khorne kit, which fits these things nicely, both in look and in the canine spirit of the name. Besides melta, this dog’s got some teeth!
We’ll close the painting challenge with a visit to the world of Blood Bowl where Faust of Double Down Dice has added another ogre to his burgeoning roster of malcontents, murderers, and gridiron mavens of mayhem.
His human team can field one of these guys as a special player. If they are anything like trolls, which Faust assures us they are, then they are easily confused and will often just stand around on the pitch and do nothing, but as he goes on to reassure us, “the strength of an Ogre is nothing to scoff at, when they decide to work with you.”
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in this June-July challenge. It took me awhile to keep this round-up posted and all I can say on that front is I spent the last couple of months in the dark prince’s court within the nacreous cloud spire atop his Eidolon of Indolence. It was time well spent and now I am feeling the whole blog and painting thing again. I hope everyone is doing well and as always, “Paint On!”
* John’s ships remind me of a show I used to love when I was teenager called Star Blazers, complete with flying battleship.
** Back around 1980 or ’81 I wrote up an adventure for my friends where the boss was a Xorn with magical spells and very high intelligence. Its upper level minions were a bunch of Otyugh. The secret entrance to the Xorn’s inner sanctum, which was the interior of a huge geode, was beneath one of their enormous crap piles (mostly the accumulation of waste from slaves) through which the Otyughs had burrowed an elaborate network of rooms and passageways. One of the players coined the title, “Dungeon of Dung,” which stuck, though I originally named it the Fane of Feces. Perhaps if one of these days I decide to run some D&D, I’ll dig out this old chestnut and see how it stands up to the march of decades and my older (but hopefully) wiser eyes. That was pretty long-winded for a “I won’t comment” comment.
Time for another painting challenge! This time the idea is to paint at least one model that represents a creature, machine or terrain piece that is on the larger side. Aircraft, daemon engines, tanks, giants, trains, cavewomen riding mammoths, ships, and beasts that are great, writhing masses of tentacles, eyes, and maws that tumbled down from the stars or crawled up out of the sewer all will find a home in this challenge.
(Note that if you click on the pictures, they will take you to the artists’ websites. I’ve included some examples below of projects that would work for this challenge.)
Part of “Clean Oceans” mural on Mission Street in Santa Cruz, California
Rules of the Challenge
The challenge closes on July 3rd, 2020 at midnight (last place on Earth). The project must be completed, but if you can’t get your pictures posted by that date, it is fine. Just post them as soon as you can.
Models must represent a creature at least the size of an ogre or small giant. Machines must represent something that is at least as large as a medium-sized armored vehicle or single-seat aircraft.
Terrain pieces and dioramas are also welcome. (See examples below.)
Any scale is welcome. The miniatures can be small but have to represent things that would be large at 1:1 scale. Also, there is nothing to say it has to be a miniature. If you want to paint a mural, put a coat of paint on your house, refinish a good-sized piece of furniture, those would all count too as long as it is a painting or staining project.
Projects can be works in progress at the start of the challenge or you can begin something new.
You can complete one model or as many as you want. Basing is great, but is optional.
Questions, comments, ideas? Let me know in the comments.
If you paint small models during the challenge that would strongly fit thematically with your larger miniature, you can include them in a group shot. For example, if Azazel painted an APC, like the one pictured below, and also painted some suitable space marine passengers to go along with it, he could include the marines in the group shot.
Rhino APC and space marine rides by Azazel of Azazel’s Bitz Box.
Dioramas are also welcome for the challenge. In these cases the whole is greater than the sum of its parts so you are not required to include a large creature or dominating terrain feature, although you may. Pat included a good-sized wall in his “Desert Attack,” but the diorama would have qualified for the challenge without the wall because there is plenty going on here without it!
“Desert Attack” by the eponymous Pat of Pat’s 1:72 Military Diorama’s
A single building will qualify for this painting challenge. Dave built a Wells Fargo Way Station as part of of diorama, but the building alone would qualify too. As you can see, he went to the effort to model the inside as well. (Click on the image to see the outside of his building and the overall diorama.)
Inside of Wells Fargo Way Station by Dave at The Imperfect Modeller.
Wudugast’s rat-ogre and its slightly smaller friend would both qualify for the challenge. If he painted the ratman, with the spiked club and shield, on the far right during the challenge, it would fit thematically with the others and he could include it in a group shot (like the one below) if he wanted.
Wudugast’s “rat-ogre” (left) and friends from Convert or Die.
Aircraft, like this representation from WWI by John, could fly into the challenge. Any sizable machine or vehicle from any historical period as well as from milieus that only exist in the imagination are fair game.
Miniatures that represent towering statues or impressive golems that might guard forgotten ruins or await orders from a dread magician are appropriate …
Stone Golem by The Introverted Hermit
… as are mighty warriors (reptilian and otherwise) riding fearsome dinosaurs!
Scar Veteran riding a repurposed Allosaurus by Maenoferren22 of Bogenwald.
Trolls can come in many shapes and sizes and fortunately a lot of them can stand eye to eye with an ogre. Some have interesting professions and hobbies too, such as playing in death sports, football leagues, or both at the same time.
As for me, I hope to finally finish a pig demon-looking thing that a friend asked me to paint for him so long ago now that he apparently forgot I still had the miniature. Heck, I forgot about the pig demon too until I happened to find it when I was organizing my hobby room/office. So this challenge will push me to put pig demon toward the top of my painting queue and get it back into my friend’s hands before the end of the Aquarian Age!
The pig demon is my first priority, but maybe I can squeeze in Becky the Bloat Drone here too. If so, my post-Heresy Death Guard forces will wax mighty indeed comprising this daemon engine and a full 20 zombie squad (hopefully) of poxwalkers. Let the galaxy tremble!
After this painting challenge ends, I’m going to take July off from running painting challenges. Azazel has written that he might be doing a Jewel in July challenge for 2020 and if he does I’ll be painting for that.
I thought it might be fun to organize a painting challenge where you could paint nearly anything you wanted. Thus the Might & Magic Painting Challenge was born.
You can click on the various pictures and galleries. Some will take you to larger versions of the pictures. Others to the miniature on the artist’s blog or some other page related in some way to the miniature. There are a few Easter eggs here and there for readers who might be interested in such things.
Thank you very much to all of the kind people who participated. I had a lot of fun checking out your art and looking at your pages, and I learned a few things along the way too, such as some tips on painting tattoos and skin tones, and a little about the Italian navy. If I left anyone’s miniatures out, please let me know and I’ll update the round-up with your work. Ciao!
The first completed model that came howling out of the wilderness before mid-March was Hearteater from the inconceivable Wudugast of Convert or Die!I love his jawbone axe and agree with Wudu that he is “ready to lead his followers on a hunt into the wilds of the Bloodwind Spoil.”
Love that jaw bone axe!
Toward the end of the month, Wudugast also completed a Blackstone Fortress Traitor Commissar. As it common practice at Convert or Die!, our good Commissar was graced with a somewhat painful, at least for Wudugast so I understand, head swap.
Instead of being merely fallen to Chaos we have this happy fellow, who looks slightly drunk to me (on power, ardent spirits or perhaps both?) and certainly more than willing and capable of “leading his regiment on a capering daemon dance into damnation” and infernal alliteration too. Good work if you can get it, for sure!
The second offering for the month that came in was the “mighty Helljack” Kharybdis by Argentbadger of The Bovine Overlord for his “Cryx force for Warmachine.” Silver Badger reports this lovely, tentacled monstrosity is “focused on melee” and has an “amusing ink spray,” which I suppose keeps with the whole nautical motif of this helljack’s namesake.
Here we have Kharybdis with its bonded warcaster, Aiakos. Argentbadger (I keep wanting to type Ardent rather than Silver) tells those of us who are uninitiated into the mysterious of Warmachine that you don’t have to play them together in a game but the helljack “does get a slight benefit from being in Aiakos’s battlegroup.” I’m sure those who would defy Cryx are glad for that!
The miniature has a lot of details and Dave does some great freehand work, which really adds a lot to a piece that was already pretty awesome. The striped hat, the starburst designs on the hem of his robe, writing on the bits of paper tied to his staff (magical notes or perhaps simply reminders to pick up milk?), and so on. The little familiar is cute, and there is so much going on with the base. He looks like he’s casting a spell probably from the middle of his sanctum or secret laboratory that seems in utter chaos with all of the papers, books, jars of dubious, past experiments and so on scattered every which way.
Dave paints all sorts of different types of miniatures (he strikes me as a bit of a polymath) and I especially like his dioramas too. As I type this he is currently working on a waterfall piece that is shaping up to be quite spectacular.
John’s new forces along with some of his older ships.
My personal favorite of John’s new naval forces is the colorful Driade. Perhaps this is because, as John points out, there “is the somewhat tenuous link to magic … since dryads are tree nymphs and this is the closest I’ll ever come to painting something that, to me, could be considered magical!”
Or maybe it is just the colorful lifeboats and whatnot? I think I like John’s rationale better. Whatever the case, I enjoyed checking out John’s coastal forces and learning a little about some of the ships of the Italian navy during WW2.
Driade, a Gabbiano scale corvette” in 1/600 scale.
“Lince, a Spica class torpedo boat (small destroyer)” in 1/600 scale.
“Turbine, namesake of that class of destroyer, in 1/700 scale.
Minesweeper and two torpedo-armed motorboats, 1/600 scale.
From the Italian Royal Navy we shamble over to Mcmattilaminis, who has a blog of the same name, and his lovely poxwalkers! He decided to experiment with Games Workshop’s Contrast paints and these pictures are the result. (He also lists some interesting Contrast paint Youtube videos in his poxwalker post that might be worth checking out.) I think his living dead turned out grand and I’d be proud to plunk eight or nine thousand of these rotters on the table in a friendly game of 40K.
I quite like the Easy-to-Build Poxwalker sculpts.
Mcmattilaminis sees poxwalkers “as the lowly embodiments of Nurgle’s might, and there’s at least a little magic involved as their disease-ridden bodies are blessings from a [the!] plague god.” I quite agree and given how dangerous poxwalkers can be in large numbers, I’d say they embody both Might and Magic quite nicely indeed!
My favorite weapon of the bunch is the grenade flail, lol.
Next up is this bruiser, an ogre painted by Faust of Double Down Dice. I have to say that this guy is ugly in all the right ways. Faust reports that his ogre is named Morg N’ Thorg and like almost all star players is a freelancer. In Morg’s case he “will play for just about every Blood Bowl team out there. Except for the Undead, who he hates.” Faust also notes that this guy doesn’t play for peanuts so he doesn’t see a lot of use in games because he costs a lot of points to field. (Now we know how he comes by all of that gold!)
This guy pretty much embodies everything that is right about Blood Bowl, lol!
I wonder if the team gave him the number 100 because he said, “Morg N’ Thorg want biggust nummer onda teem!” If Blood Bowl is anything like the National Football League the numbers normally only go up to 99, but if someone were to object and I were one of the coaches, I’d say, “You tell him he has to give up his number!”
I didn’t think so.
It isn’t as far a journey as you might think from the hot-blooded pitch of Bloodbowl to the cold-blooded jungles of Lustria. I’m sure Maenoferren22, Potentate of (3D) Printing, Lord of Lizardmen and owner of the blog Bogenwald would agree.
We offer, for your consideration, a Scar Veteran riding a re-purposed Allosaurus. Maeno said that he “decided to give him a spear as he is on a big bloody lizard and a little sword wouldn’t reach anyone on the ground.” Seems legit to me and what is more, that is pretty cool spear so there’s that too.
One wonders where that Allosaurus originally came from….
I thought Maeno’s dino harness came out looking good. He used green stuff for the straps and then made the decorations by fashioning molds out of molding paste then putting green stuff into said molds. I like he end result and I agree with Sir John, who commented in Maeno’s “Lizards and Moulded Greenstuff” post that the sculpting “looks like it’s all meant to be there!”
Harness ornaments out of the mold.
Needs a rider!
I have happily followed Azazel’s Bitz Box for quite some time now, and what strikes me the most about his work is how when the painting bug hits him, he can churn out vast quantities of high quality work in a very short amount of time. Apparently Azazel learned about my painting challenge with two-and-a-half days to go, so he painted up this ginger-haired Mantic dwarf berserker lord.
I was curious how Azazel did the tattoos. I liked how they looked somewhat faded as real tattoos might over time unless you are careful of them. (I somehow don’t see a dwarf berserker lord remembering to rub lotion into his body art and making sure he doesn’t get too much sun, but you never know.) Azazel told me achieved the tattoo effect by using a Vallejo paint called “Periscopes,” which he thinned and mixed in a touch of flesh tone.
Nice, but Azazel wasn’t done yet. He also finished this Rackham Forest goblin chieftain from Deuteros Games and posted it on the last day of the challenge. Azazel reports that this was a fiddly model with a lot of detail and “it would have been so easy to continue stretching out the painting time for another couple of years,” but he wanted to finish it in part because of the painting challenge. Glad I could help in some small way, and I think your goblin looks great as is!
This could be a real donnybrook!
Finally, we wrap things up with the rust monster and four dwarves I decided to paint for the challenge. I purchased these miniatures from an Etsy seller who calls his shop NorthernIcewerks. I enjoyed painting them very much and plan on using them in games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Goodman Games’ Dungeon Crawl Classics.
Ann’s Rust Monster
Thank you again to everyone who participated in my first painting challenge. I’m doing another challenge for April with the catchy name of Paint the Crap You Already Own! What project(s) are you going to be working on? I’m thinking I might finally get Poxwalker #18 done at long last.
Paint Water Cat asks, “What are you painting for April?
My first painting challenge, March Might & Magic, is wrapping up on April 3rd, so I thought I’d announce a new painting challenge for this month: Paint the Crap You Already Own!* The idea is simple. You can paint anything you want so long as you owned it before April 1, 2020.
Also, as a Hobby Challenge, you don’t have to confine yourself to painting models. For example, you can finish a short story, poem, write a roleplaying game adventure, craft a mandala, paint a picture, post a Youtube video, complete a needlepoint project, finishing putting together a swing set out in your backyard, etc. Pretty much anything fun or hobby-oriented that you started before April 1st.
Always good advice! 🙂
Rules of the Challenge
Models for this challenge must be ones you owned before April 1, 2020.
Before pictures are great, and I’ll use them for updates, but they are not required. We’re on the honor system here.
If your project doesn’t involve painting models, you must have started work on it before April 1, 2020.
The challenge closes on May 3rd, 2020 at midnight (your local time). If you can’t get your pictures posted by that date, it is fine. Just post them as soon as you can.
You can complete one model for this challenge or as many as you want. Basing is great, but is optional.
Models and projects you feature in other challenges are welcome here too.
You can join in, and add more models at any time as the month goes along.
Models from any company, range, time period, scale, etc. are welcome.
Questions and/or ideas? Let me know in the comments.
Of course some good, old-fashioned space marines are always welcome. One or a whole squad. (Wretched, Gollum-looking person peering out of a hole optional.)
My friend, Daniel’s, Deathwing terminators from a March 2017 game.
Like I said, a project doesn’t have to be painting miniatures to have a place in this April challenge. Something like this map I made using Campaign Cartographer software or one drawn by hand would find a welcome home here.
Might be fun to run a Fantasy-meets-Old West mini-campaign using my little map?
Learn the rules for a board game, play a game and then report your thoughts or review the game.
If you don’t want to paint a picture, play a game, paint a model and making videos is lame … then when all else fails bake a Cthulhu pie!
Once again, “In his pie at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu dreams for (drowns in?) whipped cream.”
* This being April 1st, I was going to put up an April Fool’s challenge that for the month you could paint your entire backlog of unpainted models, but decided maybe to save that for next year.
** Ensorcelling said pumpkin(s) as containers for the bewitched life forces of extinct but somehow still nascent beings of pure song is entirely optional and probably beyond the scope of this hobby challenge.
The orks have seen a lot of battles versus the Imperial Guard, especially lately, though this is the first time we’ve lined up against this particular officer. We played 1500 points and decided upon the “Big Guns Never Tire” scenario from the Eternal War series. The goal here was to hold objectives at the end of the game and destroy your opponent’s heavy support units while preserving your own.
He had two battle tanks as his heavy support. Other vehicles included four or five chimera and a valkyrie gunship with embarked storm troopers. His troops were all (or at least mostly) veterans with those scary-looking german helmets and gas masks. (We imagined that our battle was a small part of what happened during the Third War for Armageddon. Perhaps the vindicare assassin was dispatched to kill Ghazghkull Thraka, who apparently was elsewhere.) The orks opted for a slight variation on Colonel Fixit’s Command Group list.
Early Game: The orks had more than their share of luck in the beginning stages, which sort of set the tone for the evening. They charged ahead and despite a hail of battle cannon shells, laser fire, and volleys of grenades all of the ork vehicles were still rolling. No one was more surprised by this than the greenskins.
Guard tanks exchanged fire with ork artillery, causing light casualties among the zzap guns. The humans maneuvered, stacking their armor and mechanized infantry on their right flank to meet both advancing squads of trukk boyz.
Mid-Game: The imperial right flank crumbled with surprisingly light ork casualties. By the time the greenskin troopers were a spent force, they had broken through and wrecked the command chimera, Den Mother.
A valkyrie gunship reinforced the battle and along with the assassin tried to stop the nobz battlewagon rolling down the center of the field. The half track shrugged off multiple lascannon hits, but a turbopenetrator round finally blew off a wheel and temporarily stopped the wagon.
Meanwhile a strike squad of ork jump infantry rocketed into the fray, surrounding the assassin. The assault sergeant popped a red flare and called in an air strike. Captain Daniel, the Steel Legion company commander, ordered a nearby squad of veterans to focus fire on the stormboyz and eliminated this distraction, though the storm nob took cover and guided in the aircraft for as long as he could. The assassin, laying on his back behind some 50 gallon drums, managed to score a perfect if unlikely shot right into the MIG 15’s engine as it flew over him. Trailing oil and black smoke, the pilot returned to base his strike mission (as far as he was concerned) completed.
End Game: Despite the heroics of the vindicare assassin, a late gravchute insertion attempt by the storm troopers, and the coolness under fire of Captain Daniel, there was no stopping the orks this time. The ork big guns fell silent. Artillery goblins watched through periscopes and field glasses, chattering excitedly back and forth on their radios, as a greenskin ring of infantry closed around the remaining imperial platoon. In the end the assassin spent his seventh life and died to a stray nob shoota bullet as he bravely held his position awaiting an extraction order, which never came. Someone at the Office of Assassins will want answers to some hard questions!
We ended the game with the orks in possession of five of the six objectives and both Steel Legion heavy support tanks were burning hulks. Hopefully the rest of the Third War for Armageddon doesn’t go as badly for the Imperium as it did here today. Otherwise Commissar Yarrick is not going to be pleased!